Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nightcrawler


Expectations:
Before 2014, I never really thought of Jake Gyllenhaal as a guy whose films I just really needed to watch. Sure, I had seen a few Gyllenhaal flicks, but his performances never really blew me away. He was in no way a bad actor, but he never, ever impressed me! Cut to 2014... And the guy is killing it! While this review may be focused on Nightcrawler, do not allow yourself to go through 2014 without taking a look at Enemy, a film in which Gyllenhaal plays two look-a-like characters who have quite an odd introduction and relationship. Not only was the film intriguing, but his performance was quite impressive. And, without seeing his performance in Enemy, there is no way that I would have been interested in checking out Nightcrawler, mostly because I had absolutely no idea what Nightcrawler was about. The trailer was vague. The title is vague. Yet, somehow, it wasn't a box office bust, this weekend! Considering the favorable reviews were flowing in and I got off of work early on Friday, I figured "what the heck!" and decided I would check it out...

Plot:
The actual storyline was not super-original nor was the writing very impressive. However, the way in which the story was told and the characters that were involved absolutely blew me away! The likelihood of the film becoming as popular as American Psycho is quite small, but the film and Gyllenhaal's Louis Bloom had the same effect on me as American Psycho and Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman. The creepiness of the character loomed throughout the film, and the tension in every scene was almost tangible. It is not uncommon for me to be fascinated by a simple story, and Nightcrawler certainly confirmed that tendency!

Characters:
Let's just talk about Louis Bloom!

No 2014 character has fascinated me quite like Louis Bloom, and few performances have impressed me as much as that of Jake Gyllenhaal. Based on the trailer, I did expect Bloom to be a bit rude and motivated and maybe even a little off, but I had no idea that he would be so freaking creepy! I thought he was great! For the first time (that I've ever witnessed), Jake Gyllenhaal was able to make an amazing character come to life, with such ease, and, for that, he deserves many kudos. Of course, there were other characters in the film, but Nightcrawler was engulfed by the presence of Louis Bloom... as was my brain, for the next few days...

Conclusion:
Thank God that Oscar season is upon us! The 2014 movie year is certainly beginning to trend upwards, and, if these unexpected hits continue to pop up, we are in for quite a surprise. If you enjoy films built around fascinatingly creepy characters, Nightcrawler is just for you. If you enjoy theatrical moments that make you think and laugh "this guy is crazy," Nightcrawler is just for you. If you just need something to watch, pre-Interstellar, I would say that Nightcrawler is your best bet. Needless to say, I was impressed with the film and, even more so, with Jake Gyllenhaal, who has impressed me more than any other actor in 2014. I give Nightcrawler 4.04 out of 5 stars.

8 comments:

  1. I'm very pumped for this one! I think it opens in Australia soonish - and all these reviews are guaranteeing that I'll check it out :) Awesome stuff Tanner :)

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    1. Certainly worth your while! Word of mouth may take this one pretty far, in the coming weeks...

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    2. And, as always, thanks for reading!

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  2. Nice review, Tanner. Yeah, Gyllenhaal has been on a bit of a roll, hasn't he? I'd say that his performance here is certainly one of the very best this year. Incredible stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks, man! Yes! He has been killing it. However, I wouldn't be surprised if this performance goes unnoticed by Oscar.

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    2. Yeah, same here, I kinda expect it to be ignored come awards season, which is a real shame, 'cause, outside of it being one of the best performances of the year without a doubt, it's also likely a career best for Gyllenhaal up to this point as well.

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  3. I would love if this film garners some Oscar attention. Afraid it might be too "out there" but we shall see. Acting noms for Gyllenhaal and Russo would certainly be appreciated by me.

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    1. I would be shocked if it garners Oscar attention, but we can all hope! Thanks for reading!

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